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Kids 5-18 can get basic medical, dental and mental health care regardless of insurance coverage

COURTESY PHOTO: MULTNOMAH COUNTY - A new student health clinic opened at Reynolds High School and will provide basic health care to any child in Multnomah County regardless of their ability to pay.

East County kids just got a new place to receive health care with the opening of a new Student Health Center at Reynolds High School.

"We know that if our students are healthy, they can better focus on learning," Danna Diaz, superintendent at Reynolds said in a statement.

The center will provide preventive, dental, primary and mental health care to children and youths ages 5-18. Students can get everything from a dental cleaning and exam to vaccinations to sports physicals or receive care for common health problems such as sore throats.

Kids don't have to live in the district to access services and nobody will be denied care if they can't pay.

Multnomah County and the Reynolds School District opened the center at 1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road in Troutdale Monday, Jan. 4, without the usual in-person fanfare due to restrictions tied to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Reynolds student clinic is the ninth in Multnomah County. But, only three others — at David Douglas, Parkrose and Roosevelt high schools — have been open during the pandemic.

The need for services is great in the East Multnomah County area served by the Reynolds district. About 80% of the 11,000 students in the district come from families with income low enough to quality for free or subsidized school meals.

The largest number of youths on Medicaid in Multnomah County live in the Reynolds district. It is also home to the greatest concentration of youths ages 11-19 without health insurance and access to basic health services, according to a 2017 study.

The new 2,493-square-foot health center features four exam rooms, a dental hygiene room, mental health counseling areas and a lab.

The Reynolds clinic will be open from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. weekdays, offering in-person, phone and video visits. Thursdays will be limited to virtual appointments only. The center serves students with or without insurance and can help families check if they qualify for the Oregon Health Plan or other insurance.

Noting the Reynolds opening comes in the middle of the pandemic, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said in a statement: "Our kids have lost so much and have had to adapt to so much. This new Student Health Center will not only provide excellent physical health care, but a safe space where students can talk about their experience with a professional, in-person or virtually."

Alexandra Lowell, Student Health Center Program Manager for the county said: "This health center will allow students in Reynolds School District and all school-aged students in Multnomah County to access basic health services such as immunizations, lab tests, counseling, and annual exams. Our focus on access — by being located in schools — and the fact that there is no out-of-pocket cost, make us a great health care option for families, whether or not they have a primary care provider."

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Reynold Student Health Center

Where: Reynolds High School

1698 S.W. Cherry Park Road, Troutdale

When: 8:45 a.m to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday; Thursday, phone and video appointments only

Contact: 503-988-3340


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